I was walking along Eastern Beach with family recently when Seth found this sea squirt. In this case, we can’t be 100% sure of what the species is. It is a pyura species. I probably won’t be documenting any future ones we find – but this one looked pretty snazzy.
Seth, mum and I found a lot of flatworm species at Eastern Beach. I haven’t focused on trying to identify them: we found so many different types of species and I don’t know enough about flatworms (yet) to know what the key features are. I’ve posted some theories, but aren’t shore.
I was exploring Eastern Beach recently with my mum and nephew when she discovered this weird looking worm.
In the first photo, you can see a flatworm next to it. The flatworm had weird patterning so I assumed that the flatworm and other creature were connected. Mum insisted that it was a separate animal and asked me to get more photos of it.
It turns out that it is a type of ribbon worm called Baseodiscus delineatus. We thought that it may have been, but I was unsure considering the sheer amount of unknown information when it comes to marine life. There isn’t that much information online about it and I’m keen to learn more.
These photos are from two separate trips
I love fungi. Most times I upload my nature photos to Flickr and just share them on the blog. On my last trip to the property, I was that impressed with the diversity of fungi that I shared some of them on my personal Instagram page.
A friend commented, sharing the Instagram page of The Spore Print Collective. I was fascinated and instantly showed mum. We looked at a couple of YouTube videos to learn how we could do similar.
I was getting ready to go home the next day when I noticed these fungi growing in mums backyard. Mum, Seth and I quickly found some paper to use (from scrapbooking) and carefully put the fungi on the paper in the spare room.
Nothing happened for days and we assumed that we had failed. This would have been understandable considering we didn’t really know what we were doing. Mum sent me these photos four days later. We are guessing that the room we had them in was too cold/damp, and that it needed to be drier for the spores to actually drop.
We will definitely be doing more experiments to learn as much as we can and hopefully create some art :).
My parents and nephew often go to Eastern Beach to look for marine life. I rarely go with them, as I live on the other side of town and don’t catch public transport at night. I still ask mum to send me photos from their trips and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the images she has sent of these sea cucumbers. It is so fascinating seeing them up close. I’ve only ever seen them after they’ve washed up onto the shore.